I bought the game yesterday from GAME. Had a play on it and started my first season of three. The graphics aren't the best in the world but who needs good graphics if the gameplay is excellent?
The controls are very hit and miss. You can either use the D-Pad or Analog stick, which ever you prefer. I have found though that one minute you are under steering the next you are over steering. It can be very sensitive, although you can change the sensitivity to what you feel most comfortable with. Also using only the X to accelerate and square to brake makes things a bit difficult as it is hard to get the balance of throttle coming out of corners, whereas on a different platform such as the PS3 if you were to use the R2 and L2 buttons to accelerate and brake you have more control over how much throttle you use. Using the O button to activate K.E.R.S can be a bit tricky too unless you have big fingers as you have to sort of align your thumb to press X and O at the same time or use your first finger to activate it, which can be even more awkward.
The game incorporates use of the K.E.R.S system which can be great although I don't know if it is optional in some cars, having only raced in the BMW. The K.E.R.S in F1 2009, unlike in real-life, reloads itself every lap.
For the die-hard F1 fan you can change a multitude of settings, ranging from weather, tyre wear, fule usage, damage and penalties to give you a more authentic feel.
I would rate it 8/10, the controls can be awkward and controlling your car is a bit tricky. If you really can't wait for the latest F1 game for the PS3 I suggest buying it to wet your appetite.